Fiona Soe Paing creates unsettling electronic soundscapes on her debut album Alien Lullabies. The album, released on 29th August 2016 via Colliderscope, exists in a world between worlds, a strange avant-garde place where the half Burmese, half Scottish electronic producer and vocalist creates dark, dreamy soundscapes.
Alien Lullabies is a collection of off-world, vocal based electronic tracks, that combine a phrasebook Burmese, English and abstract improvisation. The album is the soundtrack of the Alien Lullabies live show, a mesmerising live performance and cinema hybrid, with projected 3D animation by collaborator Zennor Alexander, who created a dark, animated fairytale to accompany the album.
You can now stream the animated video for the track ‘Behrot’ from Alien Lullabies via Fiona’s YouTube Channel.
Whilst writing the album, Fiona was staying on Waiheke Island in New Zealand, at the off-grid Eco Village, which was founded by the crew of the original Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior – this is where the surreal sounds of Alien Lullabies were born.
Fiona often combines abstract vocals and cutting edge electronica to create strange and intense sounds, which can be heard on tracks ‘Winters Day’ and ‘Tah Stin Koh Mpor’. Channeling a sound akin to Björk, Laurel Halo and Mira Calix, ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Tower of Babel’ are perfect examples of Fiona’s skill with manipulating sound and transforming it into art.
Amongst Fiona’s supporters are BBC Radio 1’s Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 3’s – World On Three show, BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway and Mary Ann Kennedy as well as Depeche Mode’s Vince Clarke. Previous releases have included a track sung in Burmese, released through Warner Music on the Sound of The World compilation by legendary BBC presenter and musicologist, the late Charlie Gillett.
Fiona Soe Paing’s album Alien Lullabies is out on 29th August 2016 via Colliderscope.